Provence Hiking Tour

This Provence Tour is perfect for those who want to experience the Provencal countryside on foot.
From Les Baux de Provence to Gordes, named one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, you will discover the Provence region while walking through some if its most beautiful landscapes and villages. After visiting Les Baux, the path will take you to St Remy and Eygalieres where you can enjoy a great view of the countryside. You will then stop in Fontaine de Vaucluse on the way to Gordes. Once in Gordes, you will have to opportunity to hike to Roussillon, famous for its red and gold ocre cliffs.
This tour is suitable for rather active people who want to take their time discovering the best of Provence on foot!

Price from : 1190 €
Region : Provence
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level : Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Hiking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :  

Arrive in Avignon and Transfer to Les Baux de Provence

Arrival in Avignon and we transfer you to Les Baux de Provence to your hotel. Les Baux is just above St Remy de Provence where you go next. The castle, towering over the village is one of the most visited places of interest in France. Castle and village offer fabulous panoramas, village monuments, museums, art galleries and workshops. Orientation in person with our local guide in the evening.

Day 2 :  

Hike to St Remy de Provence

Distance 1 : 6 Miles - 10 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 204 Meters 

A small route that is part of the GR 6 will take you along from the Citadel of Les Baux de Provence. We propose you to walk to the Val d'Enfer and its rock formations. You can enjoy a «son et lumiere» (sound and light) show in the old stone quarries of the Cathedral of Images. On your way back to Saint-Remy, there is a viewpoint indicator where you can overlook the area. A scenic downhill and the old Chemin d'Arles will guide you back to your hotel. Originally a Greco-Roman town, now only has about 10,000 inhabitants, but is still a very famous place. 16th and 17th century architecture, museums, and great cuisine mark it as a must see. The monastery of St Paul de Mausole (Van Gogh was held here) and the cathedral deserve a visit. Wednesday morning is a market day, one of the biggest in Provence, so plan accordingly if you want to see it.

Day 3 :  

Eygalieres and the Alpilles

Option 1 : 9 Miles - 15 Km  Option 2 : 8 Miles - 13 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 387 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 180 Meters 

The countryside east of Saint-Remy is dominated by the Alpilles (small Alps), A scenic small mountain range with a maximum altitude of 350m (1100 feet). At the monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole you hit the trail that will lead you to the crest of the Alpilles at Eygalieres where you will stay the night. You follow the GR6 on a narrow path which is impressive and can be challenging. FFor some short sections you will need to use hands to climb over boulders, but it’s not too complicated. Your efforts will be rewarded with a wonderful 360° view! Then you will arrive in Eygalieres, a pretty village between the mountain and the plain. It’s a quaint town with some cozy outdoor cafes, typical Provenal shops and high quality restaurants. A short walk uphill will bring you to a chapel ruins with a bell tower where you have a great panorama viewpoint. If time, visit the remarkable Chapel of Sainte Sixte and its cypress trees. Dinner is on your own.

Short option 13km (8 mi).

The short and easy option takes you on a path along the vineyards.

Day 4 :  

Fontaine de Vaucluse walk

Distance 1 : 7 Miles - 11 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 269 Meters 

Transfer by taxi to Isle Sur La Sorgue, an old fishing town located at the parting of the Sorgue river. Antique lovers come to this town, especially for the Sunday market. See also the 12th century church and then hike on to Fontaine de Vaucluse also famous for a romanesque church and of course its «fontaine» or spring. Stay at the charming hotel.

Day 5 :  

Trail to Gordes

Distance 1 : 9 Miles - 15 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 679 Meters 

About 1km south of the village you pick up the trail that will take you to Gordes, awarded one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. The homes, built of drystone architecture, are built on the rocky outcrop which overlooks the valley of the Coulon River and the Luberon Parc. On your itinerary you will have the possibility to visit the superb 12th century Romanesque Senanque Abbey still lived in by monks and open to the public but closed on Sunday mornings; surrounded by lavender fields.

Day 6 :  

Hike around Gordes

Distance 1 : 14 Miles - 22 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 369 Meters 

A walk along quiet roads and dirt path of the GR6 GR 97 will lead you to Roussillon, also ranked among 'The Most Beautiful Villages of France' and famous for its red and gold ochre cliffs. On the way back you walk close to typical 'mas' (old farmhouse) of the Luberon valley. Same hotel in Gordes.

Day 7 :  

Departure Day

Transfer back to Avignon rail station in the morning included. Additional nights can be arranged in Gordes.

Average / Day :
Distance : 14.33 Km / 8.83 Miles - Elevation gain : 348.00 Meters

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Day : Pre-tour Night, Post-tour Night

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.


Day : 1

At the foot of the Village of Baux-de-Provence, the Mas d'Aigret welcomes you with pleasure for an exceptionnal stay in the South of France. 3-Star Hotel, our elegant establishment has 16 rooms : most of them have a balcony or a terrace, from where you can appreciate the incomparable view on the Alpilles, Valley of Baux and the Castle.


Day : 2

An oasis of calm and cool, located a few minutes walk from the center of Saint-Remy, once home to Van Gogh and Nostradamus. In our old, clad dry stone mas, built in the middle of the 19th century, come encounter the real sweet life, an atmosphere of serenity, calm and conviviality which assures prefect stay in a place over a hundred years old.Our rooms all personalized, with their Provencal "boutis" (bedcovers), bear a name that symbolizes Provence or the history of the Mas. Most have been recently renovated to provide you with the utmost in comfort: air-conditioning, bath and shower, private toilets, mini bar, hairdryer, bath robes and refined welcoming products await you. It's up to you to choose from the names of our 14 rooms with their typically Provencal accent : la Crau, la Manade, Lis Aupiho, Lis Oulivades, la Jasse... with a private garden and magnificent view of the Alpilles and surrounding countryside.


Day : 3

In the summer at La Bastide d'Eygalieres, the perfume of lavender, thyme and rosemary fill the air. In this beautiful season you are able to enjoy games of petanque or relax around the swimming pool. There is an area especially for children which includes a trampoline and a table tennis table. In the cooler months, there are many picturesque paths and roads to discover, or you may succumb to a siesta on the sheltered patio which is transformed into a sun trap during these months. Later perhaps an aperitif in the sitting room by the open fire, followed by a delicious dinner in the cozy dining room.


Day : 4

The Hotel du Poete is housed in an old mill which has been entirely renovated into a charming three star hotel complete with all the modern conveniences guests would need. The hotel's ideal location between the Luberon and the Alpilles allows easy access for exploring many regions. For pleasurable dining experiences, the hotel is located within 50 meters of a variety of local and recommended restaurants.


Day : 5, 6

La Borie de Provence is a renowned Bed & Breakfast located in Gordes. The House is built over a Borie, a dry stone hut built more than 500 years ago. You will be touched by the charm of this exceptional stone borie surrounded by a superb panorama. It’s cascading gardens and the swimming pool surrounded by Mediterranean flowers will invite to enjoy long hours of peaceful relaxation. All rooms are exquisitely decorated using the work of renowned local artists and are equipped with satellite TV and bathrooms. The interior decoration is an harmonious mix of styles, with happy colors, paintings, ancient sculptures and a superb view of the gardens and the valley.


Day : Pre-tour Night, Post-tour Night

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.


Day : 1

Baumanière is an institution in Provence whose renown goes well beyond the national borders. For seventy years, Baumanière has represented much more than a destination for a luxury getaway. Both gastronomic institution and elegant country inn, Baumanière les Baux de Provence, created after the merge of l'Oustau de Baumanière and la Cabro d'or hotels , is a 5-star hotel in Provence, and represents the Mediterranean art of living at its discreet, unostentatious best.


Day : 2

A 4-star viewed through a different lens. In the center of Saint Remy de Provence, one of the most charming hotels in Provence, the Hotel Les Ateliers de l'Image was established around the theme of photography to which it has dedicated a gallery, private collection, projection hall, and fully equipped photo-labs....


Day : 3

In the summer at La Bastide d'Eygalieres, the perfume of lavender, thyme and rosemary fill the air. In this beautiful season you are able to enjoy games of petanque or relax around the swimming pool. There is an area especially for children which includes a trampoline and a table tennis table. In the cooler months, there are many picturesque paths and roads to discover, or you may succumb to a siesta on the sheltered patio which is transformed into a sun trap during these months. Later perhaps an aperitif in the sitting room by the open fire, followed by a delicious dinner in the cozy dining room.


Day : 4

The Hotel du Poete is housed in an old mill which has been entirely renovated into a charming three star hotel complete with all the modern conveniences guests would need. The hotel's ideal location between the Luberon and the Alpilles allows easy access for exploring many regions. For pleasurable dining experiences, the hotel is located within 50 meters of a variety of local and recommended restaurants.


Day : 5, 6

Daniel Jouvance has chosen to create a Spa in the heart of the Bastide de Gordes, a magnificent hotel full of charm, dating back to the 16th century with an unimpeded view overlooking the Luberon and the Alpilles and perched in the heart of Gordes one of the most beautiful villages of France. Over more than 800m?_ on 3 levels, offering a large area entirely dedicated to the calm and well-being of the body and mind. The Bastide de Gordes & Spa is a place that breathes excellence.

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinner included (version Standard) & 2 dinners included (version Updgraded).
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1190 € 390 € 1950 €
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Upgraded 2300 € 1050 € 3700 €
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This tour is not available in July and August

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Arrival city is Avignon by train, from there we transfer you to Baux de Provence by taxi. Paris CDG airport to Avignon: 3 hours. Return transfer from Gordes to Avignon rail station included - allow 1 hour.